Sunday, July 10, 2016

My Summer at Malheur - Week Four: Duck Banding at Boca Lake / JULY 1 - 8, 2016

I ended my first month at Malheur NWR by celebrating independence day weekend on Steens Mountain with friends, continuing our deployment of bat detectors for the NABat program on the refuge, and participating in duck banding at Boca Lake with the ODFW crew from Summer Lake. The experience of gliding through the emergent vegetation of the marsh via airboat at night and plucking ducks out of the water by net at high speed was something else! Learning trapping, banding, and other techniques from the experienced ODFW crew led by Marty St. Louis was equally amazing. The night spent at Boca Lake, (complete with duck-butter and cloacal worms) was one of the most rewarding parts of the internship so far and an experience I will not soon forget.

egret feather
Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii)

an unfortunate altricial young
Clarkia (Clarkia pulchella)
wild onion (Allium spp.) 
penstemon (Penstemon spp.)
Large-flowered Collomia (Collomia grandiflora)
Amy, Tyler, and Cooper Dog at Kiger Gorge Overlook

Wildhorse Lake from the summit of Steens Mountain

Townsend's Solitaire fledgling (Myadestes townsendi) 

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)
working on ID
a Blitzen redband
a Blitzen river-ninja

ultrasound microphone for bat recorder
Can you find the Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) hiding in the willows?
owl feather
juvenile Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Double O Flat

sunset sky filled with Nighthawks
Iron Mountain

ODFW duck banding station


Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

manipulating the cloaca to determine sex

Marty St. Louis with a Mallard

leaving on an airboat for another duck trapping run on the lake

Marty bands a Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 


morning at Boca Lake


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